Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/34409
Authors: 
Fertig, Michael
Schurer, Stefanie
Year of Publication: 
2007
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 2915
Abstract: 
Heterogeneity in the ethnic composition of Germany's immigrant population renders general conclusions on the degree of economic integration difficult. Using a rich longitudinal data-set, this paper tests for differences in economic assimilation profiles of four groups of foreign-born immigrants and ethnic Germans. The importance of time-invariant individual unobserved heterogeneity and panel attrition in determining the speed of assimilation is analysed. We find evidence for heterogeneity in the assimilation profiles for both annual earnings and unemployment probabilities. Robust assimilation profiles are found for two cohorts only. Omitted variables, systematic sample attrition and the presence of second generation immigrants in the sample influence the speed of assimilation, but do not change the overall picture.
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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